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Verizon Buys Network To Cover West Virginia

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Dec 1, 2006, 3:34 PM   by (staff)

Verizon today closed a deal to purchase West Virginia Wireless for an undisclosed amount. WV Wireless covers the major population centers of the state with a GSM network including Charleston, Huntington and other towns. If the deal is approved by regulators, Verizon will build a CDMA network to replace current coverage. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2007.

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Dec 1, 2006, 8:18 PM


West Virginians use cell phones?
Yeah, they just got rid of the cans and strings!!
muchdrama said:
West Virginians use cell phones?


West Virginia is not exactly South Dakota or Wyoming now. They do have close to 2 million population.

Dec 2, 2006, 12:46 AM

Why are people so ignorant?

So far the two, well actually three, people who have commented on this development have bashed West Virginia. Have you ever lived here? Have you ever really investigated the CDMA coverage in WV? Have you read up on anything in WV about wireless? Let me help you folks out. Other than the quickly diminishing Analog service in WV (extreme rural markets now), CDMA is quite dominant when it comes to wireless coverage. GSM being second, and IDEN (Nextel) a distant third. In this specific instance the purchase of WV Wireless (a spin off MVNO GSM carrier)will not really grow the CDMA coverage in southern WV at all. All it will be doing is giving Verizon the ability to activate in that part of the state and have "local" tower systems there. They will...
West Virginia is a beatiful state. I have driven through it many times. Anyone who bashes it is foolish.
People live in West Virginia?

Dec 26, 2006, 2:27 PM

What Does This Do For Marshall University...

I know WV Wireless was Marshall University's official cellular provider. Will this mean they will have to update all of thsoe towers on the dorms and give everyone new phones because of course GSM and CDMA are 2 different technologies.

Also on the WV bashing, at least they knew West Virginia was a state because we must compliment them for that!!!!!!!!

Dec 2, 2006, 7:15 PM


Is West Virginia Wireless's customer's going to become Verizon customers then? If so Anyone have some numbers for that carrier's customer base? Just curious if that will through Verizon on top with total customers again. If not they will get ther ethe good old fashioned way eventually anyway.
Yeah, the good old fashioned way: mergers and acquisitions.
Close to a million

Dec 1, 2006, 3:59 PM

Great news!!!!

CDMA is really weak in the WV market overall. This is really exciting that someone is investing in the black hole called West Virginia.
yeah vzw dont play when it come to services 😛
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